History DeconstructedTrope / Literature

26th Apr '16 6:48:28 PM Qube
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* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is a deconstruction of DracoInLeatherPants in its portrayal of {{Satan}}. He starts out all BadAss and charismatic, but as we get to know him more and more, he see that he's a whiny, self-pitying bully who bows to peer pressure from the other demons, [[ParentalIncest bangs his own daughter]] and arguably isn't even all that badass when compared to, say, [[TheCape Michael]] or KungFuJesus. The intention was to make the reader acknowledge that they felt the allure of sin but also that it leads nowhere good. However, he is for the most part still portrayed sympathetically enough, to the point that actually seeing him as living up to those traits isn't that far off, if he wasn't emerged in a sea of {{Wangst}}.

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* ''Literature/ParadiseLost'' is a deconstruction of DracoInLeatherPants in its portrayal of {{Satan}}. He starts out all BadAss and charismatic, but as we get to know him more and more, he see that he's a whiny, self-pitying bully who bows to peer pressure from the other demons, [[ParentalIncest bangs his own daughter]] and arguably isn't even all that badass when compared to, say, [[TheCape Michael]] or KungFuJesus. The intention was to make the reader acknowledge that they felt the allure of sin but also that it leads nowhere good. However, he is for the most part still portrayed sympathetically enough, to the point that actually seeing him as living up to those traits isn't that far off, if he wasn't emerged immersed in a sea of {{Wangst}}.
31st Mar '16 6:22:30 AM GentlemensDame883
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* ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'' deconstructs HumansAreWarriors and HumansAdvanceSwiftly. The [[AliensAreBastards Bastard Aliens]] witnessed the English slaughtering the French at Agincourt and see how fast human tech is progressing compared to "civilised" races and are scared to hell. So they tell their enforcer race that everyone will turn a blind eye if an accident were to happen to us...

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* ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'' deconstructs ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'':
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HumansAreWarriors and HumansAdvanceSwiftly. The [[AliensAreBastards Bastard Aliens]] witnessed the English slaughtering the French at Agincourt and see how fast human tech is progressing compared to "civilised" races and are scared to hell. So they tell their enforcer race that everyone will turn a blind eye if an accident were to happen to us...us...
** Weber also takes time goes out of his way to briefly deconstruct GunsAkimbo and [[OnlyAFleshWound shoulder flesh wounds]].
** MamaBear and PapaWolf also get deconstructed when Buchevsky argues that winter will bring the need to defend against good people with starving children.
15th Mar '16 6:46:44 AM Divra
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* In ''Literature/HandleWithCare'', Charlotte shows how destructive it is to be a KnightTemplarParent. Her intentions to secure Willow's future were noble but the way she does it essentially ruined the lives of everyone else around her, especially her best friend who she was suing. And in the end, [[spoiler: Charlotte is left with the consequences of her actions. She is friendless with no social life, having betrayed her best friend through the lawsuit and lost Willow in a freak accident.]]

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* In ''Literature/HandleWithCare'', Charlotte shows how destructive it is to be a KnightTemplarParent. Her intentions to secure Willow's future were noble but the way she does it essentially ruined the lives of everyone else around her, especially her best friend who she was suing. And in the end, [[spoiler: Charlotte is left with the consequences of her actions. She is friendless with no social life, having betrayed her best friend through the lawsuit and lost Willow in a freak accident.]]]]
* ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo'' has a comedic deconstruction of the MissingStepsPlan. Milo Minderbender buys up the entire crop of Egyptian cotton (step 1), thinking it will make him a profit (step 3). He then spends pretty much the rest of the book trying to figure out step 2. He is at one point desperate enough to attempt dipping the cotton in chocolate and selling it as emergency rations.
12th Jan '16 8:27:08 PM direguy
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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' deconstructs the concept of someone who wants to be a vampire. What kind of person want's to be a vampire willingly and why. A [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who wants to kill people he doesn't like, and be free to do what ever he wants.

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* ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'' deconstructs the concept of someone who wants to be a vampire. VampireVannabe. What kind of person want's to be a vampire willingly and why. A [[TheSociopath sociopath]] who wants to kill people he doesn't like, and be free to do what ever he wants.
15th Dec '15 1:49:57 PM Zephyr7
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** The other is TheDeterminator trope. The book talks about actresses Juliette Danielle and Carolyn Minnott, who played Lisa and Claudette respectively, and the sheer hell these two women went through just for the sake of their dreams. There's also Tommy Wiseau himself, who thought himself perfect...

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** The other is TheDeterminator trope. The book talks about actresses Juliette Danielle and Carolyn Minnott, who played Lisa and Claudette respectively, and the sheer hell these two women went through just for the sake of their dreams. There's also Tommy Wiseau himself, who thought himself perfect...perfect...
* In ''Literature/HandleWithCare'', Charlotte shows how destructive it is to be a KnightTemplarParent. Her intentions to secure Willow's future were noble but the way she does it essentially ruined the lives of everyone else around her, especially her best friend who she was suing. And in the end, [[spoiler: Charlotte is left with the consequences of her actions. She is friendless with no social life, having betrayed her best friend through the lawsuit and lost Willow in a freak accident.]]
25th Nov '15 2:50:31 AM direguy
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*** Voldemort's side truly Deconstructs the YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. He is so obsessed with punishing his underling who he considers weak that the first time he fell from power, they immediately disowned any association with him. During the final battle, his Death Eaters started to outright ''abandon'' him while those loyal to Harry continued to fight on despite several major characters dying. [[spoiler: The death of Bellatrix, his only remaining loyal underling, caused Voldemort to lose his collective shit.]]

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*** Voldemort's side truly Deconstructs the BadBoss and YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness. He is so obsessed with punishing his underling who he considers weak that the first time he fell from power, they immediately disowned any association with him. During the final battle, his Death Eaters started to outright ''abandon'' him while those loyal to Harry continued to fight on despite several major characters dying. [[spoiler: The death of Bellatrix, his only remaining loyal underling, caused Voldemort to lose his collective shit.]]
4th Nov '15 7:44:31 AM Hankroyd
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** Another deconstruction takes place in regards to ComfortingTheWidow. [[spoiler: A certain Death Eater named Severus Snape can't get over being Lily Evans-Potter's UnluckyChildhoodFriend, who is more or less HappilyMarried to James Potter and is the mother of baby Harry. He panics when his boss, Lord Voldemort, decides to kill her alongside Harry for being his mom ''and'' a "mudblood", and then asks Voldemort to only kill her husband and child so he can comfort the widowed Lily and ultimately have her as his trophy wife of sorts. Voldemort's answer is "NO DAMMIT" and he coldly kills Lily too, when she goes MamaBear to protect baby Harry (and her HeroicSacrifice protects him from beyond the grave too). Snape is so crushed after losing the only person who once cared for him due to his own actions, that he has a HeelFaceTurn and becomes a GoodIsNotNice [[TheAtoner Atoner]]. Not to mention, [[TheDumbledore Dumbledore]] [[WhatTheHellHero harshly calls him out.]]]]
** [[spoiler:Actually, Voldemort agreed to spare Lily, but found at the last moment that he would have to go through her to get to the baby. He told her to step aside, if she did he would have let her live; but she couldn't step aside, thus making it a willing sacrifice.]]
1st Nov '15 1:57:26 PM Blazer
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* Fëanor from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' seems a deconstruction of TheAce and TheCharmer. He's the oldest son of Finwë, High King of the Noldor, and considered the greatest [[OurElvesAreBetter elf]] to have ever lived, a great warrior, skilled at craft, good-looking, charismatic, and has seven sons. However he's vain, arrogant, incredibly possessive of the three Silmarils he crafts, and is exiled when he threatens his half-brother. After his father's death he convinces most of the Noldor Elves to follow him to Middle-Earth to reclaim his jewels, and with his seven sons takes an oath to regain the Silmarils. This leads the Noldor into the kinslaying where Elf first slays Elf and Fëanor dying shortly after reaching Middle-Earth when he rushes straight on Angband. Meanwhile his actions leave the Noldor cursed for centuries and cause the deaths of six of his sons, with the survivor forced to remain in Middle-Earth.

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* Fëanor from ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' seems a deconstruction of TheAce and TheCharmer. He's the oldest son of Finwë, High King of the Noldor, and considered the greatest [[OurElvesAreBetter elf]] to have ever lived, a great warrior, skilled at craft, good-looking, charismatic, and has seven sons. However he's vain, arrogant, incredibly possessive of the three Silmarils he crafts, and is exiled when he threatens his half-brother. After his father's death he convinces most of the Noldor Elves to follow him to Middle-Earth to reclaim his jewels, and with his seven sons takes an oath to regain the Silmarils. This leads the Noldor into the kinslaying where Elf first slays Elf and Fëanor dying shortly after reaching Middle-Earth when he rushes straight on Angband. Meanwhile his actions leave the Noldor cursed for centuries and cause the deaths of six of his sons, with the survivor forced to remain in Middle-Earth.Middle-Earth.
* ''Literature/TheDisasterArtist'', a book talking about the making of ''Film/TheRoom'' and the author's time with Creator/TommyWiseau, deconstructs two things:
** The first is the mythos of the movie itself. A movie as hilariously bad as this just doesn't happen without ripping or pissing off people in the process.
** The other is TheDeterminator trope. The book talks about actresses Juliette Danielle and Carolyn Minnott, who played Lisa and Claudette respectively, and the sheer hell these two women went through just for the sake of their dreams. There's also Tommy Wiseau himself, who thought himself perfect...
21st Oct '15 5:54:18 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'' deconstructs ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Enough people believing in {{Disney}} allows those characters to come to life. However, it's those like [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] that take advantage of it.

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* ''Literature/KingdomKeepers'' deconstructs ClapYourHandsIfYouBelieve. Enough people believing in {{Disney}} Creator/{{Disney}} allows those characters to come to life. However, it's those like [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] that take advantage of it.
16th Oct '15 9:34:49 AM intastiel
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** Cho Chang serves as a deconstruction of the RelationshipSue trope. She is introduced as a pretty and popular girl who is an excellent Quidditch player. But when she and Harry finally get together a combination of her still grieving for Cedric, Harry knowing nothing about girls and a few misunderstandings show that they are not very compatible and they remain friends. In another variation Ginny Weasley may reconstruct the trope by realising her crush on Harry won't amount to anything and working on becoming a stronger and more capable friend to him... which is the very reason he falls in love with her.
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